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    Wood Glue

    I ran out of glue in the middle of a project and ran down the street to walmart to get some. They only had Gorilla and Elmers pro glue. Never really thought I was brand loyal to titebond II until I could not get my hands on it in a pinch. So I picked up both and headed for home. I don't think I have to worry too much about either, but anyone ever have a bad glue experience? Not a bad glue up (dry joint), I am talking about pure product failure? What I am getting at is I think most wood glues are decent, but are there any that really stink?

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    Doug I have used them both and found that either work well. I don't use the Gorilla goop any more, I found that it has a short shelf life and it is too messy for my liking. The Elmers Pro is in my opinion as good as the Titebond, BUT, I am like you, am brand loyal to Titebond, I have the regular, and type II, and III on the shelf depending on what I am doing.
    Chuck

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    Usually, Joint failure is due to procedures rather than brand. (aside from cheap discount store goop)

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    Never had product failure, but I always use Titebond. It is a lot more forgiving then other glues IMO

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    I've used the Elmer's and find it is quite comparable to Tightbond.
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    I don't like the Gorilla yellow. It's the consistency. I have used the elmers and I'd use it again. titebond is my go to glue.

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    I NEVER use titebond....

    They do stock it here, but it is usually at least 3 or 4 times the price of the Made in Japan PVA glue and it is often over a year old sitting on the shelf.

    I buy whichever brand is on sale, there are only two made in Japan PVA glue brands at the store I shop at, and usually one is on sale. I buy the 1Kg bag and refill my bottles, I've never had a problem
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    I agree with Chuck Hans... the gorilla glues are too messy for my tastes... although I do use them when I do cartridge pens... It fills the cartridge and centers the tube... but for woods I use what ever brand I happen to pick up... I've not had a failure on any brand - yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    I NEVER use titebond....

    They do stock it here, but it is usually at least 3 or 4 times the price of the Made in Japan PVA glue and it is often over a year old sitting on the shelf.

    I buy whichever brand is on sale, there are only two made in Japan PVA glue brands at the store I shop at, and usually one is on sale. I buy the 1Kg bag and refill my bottles, I've never had a problem
    I'm assuming its comparable to Titebond? Would it be I, II, or III compatible?

    Just curious.

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    Glad to see no one has had any real problems with all of the major brands. Maybe I will start reaching for some others?

    Tried out the elmers tonight and was very pleased with it. Seemed to be very similar to the TB blue stuff.

    I will try the gorilla wood glue out another time. If it's anything like their other fancy glue it should be impressive.

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